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Building Act General Regulation

The new provincial qualification requirements for building and plumbing officials established in the Building Act came into force February 28, 2017.  They will take effect over a four-year transition period.

The Province has provided the following updates and amendments to the Building Act:

For more information visit www.gov.bc.ca/buildingact or contact Dale Andersson in the Building and Safety Standards Branch at dale.andersson@gov.bc.ca.

Revision 12 of the BC Building Code Effective January 31, 2018

The Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, has approved changes to the 2012 BC Building Code effective January 31, 2018. These changes constitute Revision 12 of the 2012 BC Building Code and are available online.  The changes concern Letters of Assurance and a number of other Code revisions.

Letters of Assurance: Changes include editorial revisions to Schedules B and C-A. These Schedules are now available on the BC Codes website.

Other Code Changes: Changes include removing a relaxation for guards and opening restrictions for windows in dwelling units that are not above other dwelling units; permission for passive ventilation supply air for secondary suites in buildings conforming to the BC Energy Step Code; and editorial changes to the BC Energy Step Code, including clarification of the term “floor area” for energy modelling.

Revision 12 has been consolidated and posted within the online BC Building Code. For customers using hard copies of the BC Building Code, the convenience copy of the BC Energy Step Code will be updated and available online once consolidation of the recent revisions is complete.

Further explanation of the changes can be found in two technical bulletins that will be available online:

  • Technical Bulletin 18-01: January 2018 Update to Letters of Assurance (attached to this message).
  • Technical Bulletin 18-02: Miscellaneous Revisions to the 2012 BC Building Code (available soon).

Questions about Revision 12 should be directed to codequestion@gov.bc.ca. More information about the BC Building Code is available at www.gov.bc.ca/buildingcodes.

2018 British Columbia Codes: Public Review of Proposed Changes Online Survey

The Province of BC is offering the opportunity to local governments to participate in an online survey to provide feedback on proposed changes to the next edition of the British Columbia Building, Plumbing, and Fire Codes (British Columbia Codes). 

As you may know, new editions of the British Columbia Codes are based on the most recent edition of the National Codes of Canada (National Codes), in this case the 2015 National Codes. 

The online survey will be available from December 12, 2017 to February 28, 2018. Visit the Office of Housing and Construction Standards website to take the survey.

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